20140219 Celebrate St George's Day in London

  • Category: Art & Culture
  • Date: Wednesday, 23 April 2014

If there was ever a day to celebrate being English, it's St George's Day. The patriotic date of April 23rd will this year be marked with a spectacular feast in Trafalgar Square as tradition dictates, as well as plenty of other events taking place in the capital.

These will be taking place on the surrounding weekends, so there really is no excuse not to recognise the pride in being English this year and celebrating that heroic dragon slayer.

The V&A Museum of Childhood is kicking things off, with activities such as Maypole dancing, Morris dancing and a Punch and Judy show being put on to entertain the kids on Saturday April 19th.

Leicester Square Theatre will be hosting a Miscellany of Music Hall from 2:30pm the day after, and there will be a Shakespearian celebration of the date taking place at the Globe Theatre. The event is free to attend and will last from midday to 5pm.

Thursday - the big day - will see the traditional feast in Trafalgar Square, while fans of the London mayor Boris Johnson may want to go and watch him flying the English Flag outside City Hall to mark the date.

The fun continues into the following weekend with a free family-friendly concert in honour of St George taking place once again in Trafalgar Square, featuring folk musicians such as Seth Lakeman, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Kathryn Tickell and Bishi.

Celebrate the event by staying next to Queen Elizabeth I at The Rubens at the Palace, just to keep things patriotic.

If you're going to any of the family-friendly events listed, remember you can stop the kids getting bored with the Families at the Rubens package which includes a special masterchef class with the pastry chef for the juniors and a complimentary free breakfast for the adults.